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There was a short editorial in the Birmingham News this morning discussing Donte Stallworth’s sentence versus Michael Vick’s sentence. The article questions the justice between the two. After reading this piece, it got me to thinking that this would be a good Part 6 to my Accidents Caused by Drunk Driving Series, but the title just didn’t seem to fit.

I agree with the writer that there is something wrong with this picture. How could Michael Vick be sentenced to 23 months in prison for his involvement in a dog fighting scandle when Donte Stallworth only received 30 days in jail for getting in a car drunk and killing someone? It doesn’t make sense.

I’m a dog lover. My family has a dog at home. We give to Hand in Paw. However, it seems strange that the penalty for driving drunk and killing someone would be so much less severe that being involved in a dog fighting ring. Is it because we have been de-sensitized to drunk driving, but we aren’t used to dog fighting? I can’t answer that question, but I agree that the justice seems out of whack.


  1. Gravatar for VCDaedalus

    Relatively few people keep dogs for fighting.

    There are more drunk drivers than dog fighters.

    Stiffening laws against drunk driving would affect people who consider themselves good, law-abiding citizens who may drink and drive once in a while but who always do it safely (at least in their own minds). Such people would consider stiffer drunk-driving laws to be nothing more than money grab by the nanny state and an infringement on their Constitutional rights.

    Many a drunk driver gets off with a warning when they flash a badge or a legislative ID or say, as did the mayor of Bowling Green, Missouri, "Do you know who I am?"

    It's easy to hate people who are cruel to animals. But to really penalize drunk drivers might cut a little too close to home.

  2. Gravatar for Jon Lewis

    You make a very good point. That's what I meant when I said that we have been de-sensitized to drunk driving but not to dog fighting.

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